Coma gets early lead and maintains throughout 4 day event
Speedbrain Husky riders take stage wins but miss overall
Yamaha’s Joan Barreda steady for second overall
Chaleco Lopez makes his debut on Bordone-Ferrari KTM
*I will post the Husqvarna report when it comes in
From KTM: 3-times Dakar winner Marc Coma on Saturday underlined he is King of the Desert by taking overall victory in the first ever Sealine Rally in Qatar. He has now won both rallies of the FIM Cross Country World Championship held so far with two to go in Sardinia and Egypt.
In what was an extremely fast final desert leg, Coma finished 2:06 minutes behind his Spanish compatriot Joan Barreda whose chances of winning were scrapped two days ago after he incurred a 2-our penalty for missing a control point. Coma rounded off what has been a great week’s ride by securing the overall victory from Portugal’s Helder Rodrigues by a margin of six minutes. The top 10 finishers averaged speeds of between 109.4 and 102. 3 kmh.
KTM riders Jordi Villadoms, also of Spain rounded off the final podium leading in a string of other KTM 450 Rally bike riders. Jakub Przgonski of Poland was fourth and Coma’s factory teammate Ruben Faria of Portugal finished fifth. In total riders of the Dakar-winning KTM rally bike soaked up seven of the top 10 places for an excellent result for the Austrian brand.
Marc Coma: “Today was very fast and it was 208 km but there was nothing very difficult for me. I tried to have fun and stay focused and to control the race. The bike worked perfectly and the tam prepared everything very well. It was our first time here so its nice to have the victory and it is a good start to the World Championship.”
From Helder Rodrigues: “Stage 4, It was a complicated step where not everything went well. There was plenty of off-road where the navigation was pretty complicated and I lost some time. Still in second place to the General. Thanks for the support.” Talking about stage 3, “I went into this particular aiming to achieve on the track the Marc Coma who was going to leave two minutes ahead of me. It was difficult because although the route to be the same as the day before the wind had already erased the traces of the passage of the rally by ali and the special was particularly demanding from the point of view of navigation.”
Chaleco Lopez: From Day 3, The third stage of the Rally of Qatar today was 7 km link and then a special test of 358 km of stages, where it caused surprise victory of the Portuguese Paulo Gonçalves and Francisco Lopez got the fifth , remained in eighth place in the overall standings led by Catalan Marc Coma.
For much of the selective section, the Chilean-Ferrari Bordone made a career strategy with his Spanish coequipo Jordi Viladoms, working together to keep the Catalan forward and maintain its position on the podium.
“Today was a long stage, difficult, more than 350 miles over various terrains and complex navigation. I’m happy, I walked at a high pace and my feeling with the bike are better every day. I checked when there were only 60 km from the finish we entered a very rocky area, was risking more than necessary to win a couple of posts and decided to cut. The job was done and I’m still not ready to be ahead, “he said, with great maturity, the national pilot.
“Vest” highlighted the good performance have been met as a team, with four runners among the top 15 competition catarí: “For me the best reunion with high competition, the Bordone-Ferrari is a team and we could even tip be all the top ten. It would be ideal. ”
Lopez added: “Qatar is a new rally for me, the routes are unknown and the open desert can give you surprises. I have run with a cool head, working to get my best, but the balance is very good, because every day I been faster. We still have a stage and I want to finish well in every way. “
Final Stage Results
1, Joan Barreda, Spain, Husqvarna 1:54.24
2, Marc Coma, Spain, KTM at 2.06
3, Helder Rodrigues, Portugal, Yamaha at 2.12
4, Jordi Villadoms, Spain, KTM at 3.30
5, Ruben Faria, Portugal, KTM at 4.27
6, Matthew Fish, Australia, KTM
8, Jakub Przgonski, Poland, KTM
9, Alessandro Botturi, Italy, KTM
1, Coma, 13 hours 54.43
2, Helder Rodrigues at 6.05 minutes
3, Villadoms, KTM at 14.11
4, Przgonski, KTM at 19.23
5, Faria, KTM at 22.06
6, Gerard Farres, Spain, KTM at 44.02
7, Paolo Ceci, Italy, KTM at 46.17
9, Fish, KTM at 1:05.12
Coma now leads the four race rally series with two overall wins